Obama signs fiscal cliff bill into law
President Barack Obama makes a statement alongside Vice President Joe Biden in the White House Briefing Room following the bill's passage by the House. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
January 3rd, 2013
12:35 AM ET

Obama signs fiscal cliff bill into law

President Barack Obama has signed into law the bill to avert the fiscal cliff.

The new law preserves the Bush-era tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 and couples making less than $450,000 per year, and extends unemployment benefits.

The Senate passed the bill Tuesday morning and the House passed it Tuesday night.

The White House received a copy of the bill late Wednesday afternoon, a senior administration official told CNN. Obama, on vacation with his family in Hawaii, directed the bill be signed by autopen.

Read the bill (pdf).

How they voted: House | Senate

Is the autopen legal? Read the Justice Department's opinion (pdf).

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  1. aaron

    What countries are talking about where you can get rich in a couple of days?

    January 3, 2013 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. aaron

    Questionable sentiment since the rich wrote the rules on robbing.

    January 3, 2013 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. T may

    Yall need to let obama do his job bush mad this mess

    January 3, 2013 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. ummm

    UMMM. dummies. your paychecks are all about to decrease.

    January 3, 2013 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      Questionable remark. Considering if Romney were President you wouldn't have a paycheck at all. Your job would have been offshored.

      January 3, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Honorable65

    And why did OB have to fly back to Hawaii. Aren't we trying to trim the deficit? Many of us vacation at home due to high costs. But then he isn't spending his money, he is spending our money to pay for his trip. What a phony.

    January 3, 2013 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      Well he has taken only 74 days of vacation since he took office. Now go look up your republican presidents that preceded him and then I bet we hear nothing but silence as a response to this post.

      January 3, 2013 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard D. (Ontario, Canada)

      Hawaii is his home.

      January 3, 2013 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Krisagi

      direct quote from CBS News Website on obama Vacation compared to George W Bush and Ronald Reagan:
      "So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch. Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off - 28 days."

      January 3, 2013 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Gladdensnoot

      Richard, if Hawaii is his home, why does he have to rent a room when he goes there?
      His home is Chicago. Hawaii only became his home when he was able to vacation there at no cost to himself.

      January 3, 2013 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, for heaven's sake!
      The President went there to attend the Hawaii's sentator's funeral, and to spend some time at his birthplace state.
      Grow the heck up.

      January 3, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bev

    You are damned if you do and damned if you dont. President Obama! Just do the right thing. Put your trust in God. Selah! Be the President, You have just one life to live now! Think about the future and the repocussions?

    January 3, 2013 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. popcorn

    When you empty people's money. There is no GOVERNMENT POWER but corruption.

    January 3, 2013 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Travis

    Very questionable statement. Considering the biggest welfare handouts in the history of America came out of the middle class and poor peoples tax money in the form of 900 billion bail out funds known as TARP. Due to their poor choices and reckless behavior the American people bailed out the worlds largest banks, auto makers, and mortgage companies to keep the rich.......RICHER. Not a very good statement now was it!

    January 3, 2013 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Chevy is dead, that's why I drag chevy junk to the shop on a daily basis with my toyota. 10 years of dragging crappy chevys and it hasn't had a single malfunction yet. 200,000 on the odometer and absolutely nothing has gone wrong, not even a burned out headlight. Al Qaeda is very much alive, that's why the American embassy was the target of Al Qaeda's terror attacks. Al qaeda is stronger now than they ever were during the Bush administration.

      January 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. July

    Nobody's winning,We all are working together believe it.Something your not use to a change,deal with it.Freedom Loaders.

    January 3, 2013 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jen

    Just got an email from my HR department today saying the amount Social Security taxes I pay will be increasing as of the first of the year (by over 2%). Where is this in the bill? Hrmph.

    January 3, 2013 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. mushee

    be loyal to the nation people and not to yourselves

    January 3, 2013 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. DCAL

    Signed the bill and quickly back onto Air Force 1 so he could go back to Hawaii. He is not the only president to abuse AF1, all of them do but that does not make it right. I know it is a bit off topic, but we are talking about tens of thousands of dollars every time AF1 takes off, then multiply it by 2 because the backup plain is always close by just in case. And that is not including paying the support personnel on both planes.

    With technology the way it is these days I do not see the president having to leave DC as often as a president may have 20 or 30 years ago. If we want to talk about cutting spending, here is a great place to start. If the use of AF1 was cut by even half, we are talking tens of millions of dollars between fuel, per diam (for support personnel), hotel expenses...the list goes on.

    As I said, Obama is not the only president to do it...Bush, Clinton, HW Bush, ect ect ect.

    January 3, 2013 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jasie

      None of them took 7 million dollar vacations like this one does.

      January 3, 2013 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jasie

    obama said middle class income taxes "will not go up one dime." Now we find out that was a BIG FAT LIE. And obamacare taxes coming on top of that. I can't bear to look at his LYING FACE.

    January 3, 2013 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Obamanomics: what do you mean we.are broke? I will just write a check. What do you mean I have work to do? That's why I am on vacation. What do you mean I can't tax the rich? It would be wrong to ask shaquita to earn her own way.

      January 3, 2013 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      "It would be wrong to ask shaquita to earn her own way."
      What is THAT supposed to mean?
      Oh, do please educate us.

      January 3, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Di

    America did u think Obama would tax DC? He gave Hollywood and others ur 2% payroll tax increase with the pork in the bill!

    January 3, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sokman

    Dont blame me, I voted for the good guy. Think about how many times Nobama has lied when you see your paychecks getting smaller...

    January 3, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
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